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     Steve Kish updated 11 years, 4 months ago 5 Members · 12 Posts
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  • vince

    Member
    2 January 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Does anybody have an idea of what percentage they have ? I guess Harry will know his but what about anyone else ?

    I used to have a set of bathroom scales that measured bodyfat,muscle and water but they recently broke and i have a hand held fat monitor,but the difference readings was as much as 10%.I’m on the lookout for some more scales,but how accurate would you expect them to be ? I guess for a accurate measurement calipers are required ?

  • Gunner

    Member
    2 January 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I am about 12.1% usually, but would estimate that at the moment I’m more around the 14.5% mark.

    One important thing to remember about BMI Vince (also known as body fat %age) is that the resultant figure can be greatly influenced by type and frequncy of training you do.

    One good thing about scales is that they often have an “athlete” setting mode which is something the hand held units don’t have.

    To give you a gist of what I’m getting at……….

    An atlhlete may be bigger and heavier than a guy of similiar height due to greater muscle mass as a result of training, yet his BMI would be lower than the other guys due his absence of bodyfat as a result of training and diet.

    Accuracy……….I think they should be quite accurate, but at least if mothing else, they would be a point of reference to let you know if you are going up or down the scale………….

  • vince

    Member
    2 January 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Accuracy……….I think they should be quite accurate, but at least if mothing else, they would be a point of reference to let you know if you are going up or down the scale………….

    thats what i thought,as long as the figures keep decreasing i’ll be happy 😆

  • dagza

    Member
    2 January 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I’m currently about 99.7% body fat and am legally classified as a pork scratching.

  • HarryB

    Member
    3 January 2010 at 7:43 am

    Vince, you are correct in everything you say.

    I do know my body fat %. Or I did last August when it was measured at 13.6%.

    The only accurate way to do it is to have it done with calipers by a professional who knows what he/she is doing.

    The scales are wildly inaccurate and unless you want some new scales I wouldn’t spend the money.

    BMI is a load of tosh IMHO. Find a calculator and try it. If I was just 3lbs heavier than I am I’d be classed as obese. I’ve been called many things but not that 😆 😆 😆

  • vince

    Member
    15 January 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I bought a new set of scales this week and came in at 21.9% bodyfat 😳 I was a little disappointed at that but its a starting point and hopefully a figure that will decrease over the coming weeks/months.According to the handbook that came with the scales im in the high body fat bracket 😥

    Normal is classed as 14.1-18.6% for men aged 31-60yrs

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    15 January 2010 at 7:55 pm

    My BMI says that I’m just a few pounds over ‘slightly overweight’ – my mirror says that I’m a lardy ba5tard!!

    6ft tall, currently weighing about 15st 2lbs of solid flab!

  • HarryB

    Member
    15 January 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I have a number of rowing mates who I’d say could be described as elite world class athletes. many of them are obese according to the BMI scale.

    I’m 5ft 10 ins and 12st 10lbs and I’m only just under the obese level

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    15 January 2010 at 11:10 pm

    I’m 5ft 10 ins and 12st 10lbs and I’m only just under the obese level

    No you’re not!

    5ft 10ins = 1.78m

    12st 10lb = 178lb = 80.7kg

    So, BMI = 80.7 divided by 1.78 squared = 80 divided by 3.169 = 25.24.

    My scale says BMI between 20.7 to 26.4 = normal weight!!!

    12st 10lb at 5ft 10ins obese? 😆 😆 😆

    Eat more chips, yer thin ba5tard!! 😉 😀

  • HarryB

    Member
    16 January 2010 at 7:18 am

    😳 😳 😳 😳 😳 😳 😳

    I got the numbers wrong. I’m 11st 10lbs. Therefore serioulsly undernourished. I’d better have a fulll English breakfast and a pie just to make sure I don’t pass out 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  • Gunner

    Member
    16 January 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I bought a new set of scales this week and came in at 21.9% bodyfat 😳 I was a little disappointed at that ……….

    So would I have been……………….. 😯

    But as I said earlier, a lot of scales would or should have an “athlete” setting that compensates for muscle density over fat.

    Having seen you Vince, I’d think that unless you’ve stopped training and been eating like a horse, there’s no way that 22% would be an accurate measure of your BMI.

    However, as you say, it’s a reference point, which is valuable in its own right, the time to be worried is when it goes up………. ❗ ❗

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    16 January 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I’m only just under the obese level

    Therefore serioulsly undernourished.

    Forget the Atkins diet – try the Harry diet and go from obese to anorexic in less than 24 hours!! 😉 😆 😆

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